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September 2008 Newsletter

     Sensei: Kunitoshi "K" Akabane (925) 736-7600

                            Issue: 09/08 September 2008

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

September Meeting

Meetings are held in the large upstairs room at the Heather Farm Garden Center, Walnut Creek, and are scheduled on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.  Meetings start at 7:30PM with a brief business meeting, and end at 9:30PM.
Please be ready to meet at 7:30PM.

No Board Meeting this month.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Joint Meeting.
                                            7:30 - 9:00: Club Strategy Session
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Helen Salmon and Gale Newcomb.


Special Joint Meeting - Wednesday, September 17th. 7:30 PM
During the last year, both our membership, and our monthly meeting attendance, have declined. On September 17th, we will hold a  joint class meeting to try and put together a strategy to reverse this trend. 

We will have two major areas of discussion:  how to improve the club's activities so that we get a larger number of regular participants, and how to increase our club's visibility to attract new members. If each of you could spend a little time before the meeting to consider how we can improve our organization, we can get headed again in the right direction.

We will not have a lecture or workshop at this meeting.

To be successful, we will need the participation of all our members. Please make your best effort to attend this important meeting.


Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Joint Class Meeting.
                                            Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - To Be Determined
                                            Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Nate Shapiro and Byron Nobriga.

Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday September 20-21, San Mateo, California
San Mateo Bonsai Club
: 45th Annual Bonsai Exhibit at San Mateo Central Park Recreation Center, 50 E. 5th Avenue (5th & El Camino Real). Hours are Saturday, 12PM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration at 2PM both days. Raffle and plant sale. Sam Tachibana (650) 548–9470 for more information.

Tuesday September 23, Sacramento, California
American Bonsai Association: 
Annual Auction at McKinley Park Garden & Arts Center, 3300 McKinley Blvd.  Preview at 6PM; auction starts at 6:30PM. Styled and partially styled bonsai and other bonsai-related items (i.e., pots, tools, accent grasses, books, nursery plants, etc.). No credit cards accepted. For more information contact

Saturday September 27, San Jose, California
Midori Bonsai Club:
47th Annual Show at Northside Community Center, 488 N. 6th Street (Japantown). Hours are Saturday, 10AM-4:30PM. Demonstration by Kathy Shaner at 1PM. Shibui Bonsai will have tools and bonsai supplies for sale. Demonstration tree will be raffled.  Other raffle trees will also be available. Sales tables and ‘Dr. Bonsai’ will be running all day, so bring in your trees and we can give you some helpful advice.  There is also an  expanded shohin section. Contact Peter Tea, (408) 421-6112 or email at

September 27-28, San Diego, California
San Diego Bonsai Club:
In the beautiful setting of Balboa Park, Room 101, Casa del Prado from 10AM-5PM both days. Free admission and free parking, come early for the best parking spots. Enjoy a lovely fall day walking around Balboa Park, strolling through the museums, and of course joining us for our Exhibition. Free demonstrations at 11AM and 2PM, as well as a very lively and full sale of bonsai trees, pots, tools and supplies. For more information please visit our website at or call Joanie before the event at (760) 431-1014.


Diablo Bonsai Club September 2008 Newsletter